North Texas Still Lacks Offensive Production, Falls to UTA 5-1

April 1, 2015




BOX SCORE: UT-Arlington 5, North Texas 1

Season Statistics

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Offensive struggles for the North Texas order continued on Wednesday night, as UT-Arlington held the Mean Green to just five total hits, including only one that reached the outfield. UTA's Sam Montes kept North Texas in check, tossing 7.0 innings with no earned runs, as the Mean Green fell to metroplex rival UTA, 5-1, on the road.

From the start, North Texas seemed to be frazzled, as its pregame routine had been completely thrown off by weather warnings in the area. After game time had been delayed 30 minutes, the two teams took the field, however the Mean Green left their bats behind.

UTA quickly took advantage, pouncing on North Texas early to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first off the first two at bats of the game. With the Mean Green failing to record a single hit by the top of the fourth, even the lone UTA run seemed like a daunting deficit to overcome.

After the Mavericks sent down the first two batters of the fourth inning, the Mean Green mounted a two-out rally aided by a UTA error that allowed Kat Strunk to reach safely. Back-to-back singles by Mallory Land and Shelbie Smith, and an ensuing Mavs error knotted things up at one all.

It didn't take long for the Mavericks to respond, however, as they regained the lead in the bottom of the inning by scoring three runs on three hits and an error. UTA plated one more in the fifth, stranding the bases loaded, and it never looked back.

Just when it seemed like North Texas could be counted out, the Mean Green made things interesting in its final at bat. Three straight one-out singles by Smith, pinch-hitter Sarah Barker and Spencer Ferrell loaded up the bases to bring Kenzie Grimes to the plate, representing the game's tying run. Just as things had gone the entire night, one final unlucky break on a sharp ground ball down the third base line turned into a game-ending double play.

Next Up:

After falling to UTA, North Texas will continue its road trip by traveling to Huntington, W. Va. for a crucial Conference USA clash with Marshall. With a potential postseason berth on the line, the two teams will collide with first pitch of the Friday doubleheader set for 12:00 p.m. CT.

Quick Hits:

  • After beginning to seem like a potential ace to lean on by picking up three straight wins, starting pitcher Stacey Underwood has now struggled in two consecutive losses. In arguably one of the roughest outings she's had this season, the sophomore transfer allowed seven hits and five runs in just 4.0 innings pitched.
  • After ripping off its longest win streak of the season at seven games, North Texas has now dropped five in a row. The streak matches the longest losing skid of the season, which was just previous to the seven-game run.
  • Prior to tonight, North Texas had been enjoying dominance over metroplex rival UT-Arlington, previously holding a two-game winning streak in the overall series, as well as 9 out of the last 10. 
  • The joke may be on the Mean Green, as North Texas hasn't won a game on April Fool's Day since 2007. North Texas took down FIU, 6-5, in Denton on April 1, 2007. The Mean Green has never won on the road on this date.

 

 

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